Sarah Tuttle was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California. She received her PhD in Astronomy from Columbia University where she flew balloons for a living. They mostly only crashed in a controlled way, on purpose. She currently works for McDonald Observatory at the University of Texas at Austin building astronomical instruments and hunting dark energy. As the instrument scientist for VIRUS, she is building a massively replicated spectrograph that takes 33,600 simultaneous spectra to feed 150 identical spectrographs. When she finishes building them all. Her science interests currently meander through topics in galaxy evolution, especially gas and the regulation of star formation. She lives with her husband and children in Austin. When she isn’t swinging wrenches in the name of science, she is chasing chickens in the backyard or checking on the family beehive. Sarah loves academia enough to believe it is broken, but worth fixing. She would be happy to fight a cage match about ways we can improve our gender, racial, and socio-economic diversity as a field.
Sarah’s Astrotweeps week can be found here: http://sfy.co/SUNw